THE HEAT is still too hot for Barbados in the Windward Islands Football Tournament in Grenada.
Barbados’ senior team suffered a second defeat in three matches when they were thrashed 4-2 by defending champions St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday evening at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium.
Striker Myron Samuel, who previously played in the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League for Rendezvous, starred for Vincy Heat with a second-half hat-trick. He scored in the 47th, 55th and 90th minutes.
Bajan Tridents were without the trio of midfielder Mario Williams, striker Zeco Edmee and defender Shane Codrington, who had received red cards in previous games. In their absence, midfielders Raheim Sargeant and Jomo Harris stepped up.
Barbados opened the scoring in the sixth minute when midfielder Hadan Holligan knocked in a rebound from just in front of the goal bars after goalkeeper Kevan Henry came off the line and parried a long-range shot from Tulsa Football Club forward Rashad Jules.
St Vincent equalised in the 12th minute compliments a penalty kick from Chevel Cunningham. However, the Tridents went ahead again in the 15th minute, courtesy the experienced Mario Harte, to end the first half 2-1 ahead.
Shortly after the second half started, St Vincent drew level when Seattle Sounders striker Samuel capitalised on a defensive blunder.
Eight minutes later, he put Vincy Heat ahead 3-2 and sealed the win in the dying moments of the game.
After Tuesday’s matches, Grenada lead the standings with seven points, followed closely by Dominica and St Lucia on five points each.
The victory over Barbados gave St Vincent and the Grenadines their first three points of the tournament with the Tridents, who also lost to Dominica and drew with St Lucia, bringing up the rear with one point.
Barbados will play their final match today against Grenada following a showdown between Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines. (RA)
Adapted from nationnews.com